Are you a sucker for those TV cooking shows? Don’t worry, many of us are. But if you find yourself saying, I could do better than that, then how about joining your own master class (TV camera optional).
One Day Chocolate School [11 Mar & 22 Apr, 10:30am – 3:30pm] Book it: www.shechocolat.com, $195. A day of chocolate immersion (not quite literally, but almost!); becoming a discerning chocolate eater (no, eating a box of Roses in one sitting doesn’t count!), morning tea and lunch.
Spanish Cooking Class [22 Mar, 7pm] Mediterranean Foods Book it: www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz, $50. Learn how to cook octopus, salt cod fritters, lamb caldereta braised in a cazuela and an almond tart to finish.
Fresh Pasta Class [29 Mar, 7pm] Mediterranean Foods Book it: www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz, $40. Learn how to make filled pasta like ravioli and tortellini, plus long and shaped pasta.
Two Day Chocolate School [31 Mar – 1 Apr, 10:30am – 4pm] Book it: www.shechocolat.com, $420. Two days of chocolate heaven, including: chocolate tempering, truffles, decorating, plus lunch each day.
Keep an eye out for the Thai cooking school currently being developed by the team behind Thai Talay in Ferrymead, Thai Temple in Cranford Street and Buddha Stix restaurant in Riccarton. A new purpose-designed facility will include a deli and a garden producing ingredients for the cook school. www.thaifood.co.nz
Out of Town
Seagars at Oxford Cook School is, of course, a favourite, teaching students how to cook the luscious cuisine of celeb chef Jo Seagar. Entertaining and Italian cooking are two speciality classes on offer in 2012. http://joseagar.com
Akaroa Cooking School is another option. With an emphasis on local produce, including fresh-as seafood, it’s little wonder Lonely Planet named them one of the top ten places in the world to learn to cook local cuisine. www.akaroacooking.co.nz